Manchester: Metrolink scoops five awards at the 2013 Light Rail Awards

The RATP Dev team at Metrolink in Manchester is celebrating after picking up five awards at the annual Light Rail Awards in London.

The Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL) team won the most sought after accolade of the evening, Operator of the Year, and Expansions Manager, Gary Scanlon, collected Rising Star of the Year award for his work in helping to deliver Metrolink’s ambitious expansion programme which has already seen four extensions to the network this year.

In the seven years Gary has worked for Metrolink he has quickly progressed through the ranks, starting his career as a driver to becoming a manager in the Expansions and Projects team as the Metrolink network undergoes one of the largest expansion programmes in light rail.  He has been instrumental to the delivery of the network’s rapid driver recruitment programme and has pioneered an innovative piece of software, known as Tram Pro, which simulates the driving experience for new routes on the network.  This has reduced the time taken to familiarise drivers on new routes by 50 per cent.

Jointly with their client, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), were also awarded UK Project of the Year for the Metrolink expansion programme which included the East Manchester line to Droylsden, the East Didsbury line and the Oldham-Rochdale line.  MRDL and TfGM were also Highly Commended in the Innovation of the Year category for their work with the driver simulator, Tram Pro.

But the awards didn’t just stay on UK soil, our colleagues in Casablanca also picked up a Highly Commended award in the Worldwide Project of the Year category for their work in delivering CASA TRAM, Casablanca’s first tramway.  RATP Dev was part of a consortium which got Casablanca’s tramway up and running in five months – a record time for the industry and one of the longest lines ever placed in service in one go.